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Diane C. Swonk

AB '84 Econ; AM '85 Applied Econ
CEO and Founder
DS Economics

Diane Swonk is Chief Executive of DS Economics. She advises the Federal Reserve Board and its regional banks. She has periodically advised the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) for the White House on a nonpartisan basis. She has been named a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) for her outstanding contributions to the field of business economics and continues to dedicate much of her time to improving the quality and timeliness of economic data, which she views as a critical aspect of policy making. Diane is a macroeconomist who is frequently called upon by policy makers and business leaders from Washington to Tokyo. Trained as a labor economist at the University of Michigan, she is consulted by companies including Microsoft and TD Ameritrade to explain visible and invisible aspects of diversity and how it can boost results.

Before starting her own firm, Diane was Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director at Mesirow Financial for 11 years. Prior to that, she was Director of Economics/Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Bank One and its corporate predecessors, beginning with First Chicago. She is on the advisory board for Protiviti, the international consulting firm. Diane is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  She serves on the boards of the Posse Foundation in Chicago, the Chicago Conservation Center and the NABE Foundation, which awards scholarships to study economics. She is actively involved in Americans for the Arts, the Kennedy Forum in Illinois and the Conference of Business Economics.

Diane is frequently quoted in the financial and mainstream press including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today. Diane is seen regularly on national and international television, including the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and PBS Newshour. NPR, BBC and ABC News radio carry her commentary. She has published nationally acclaimed studies as well as a book entitled, "The Passionate Economist: Finding the Power and Humanity Behind the Numbers." She has earned many forecasting awards from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Wall Street Journal and others.

Diane earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics with top honors from the University of Michigan; she regularly contributes her time and other resources to support the economics department. She also earned a master's degree in finance and strategic planning with top honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she remains actively involved as well.